I, Effing Feline, think October is the best month. Why? Because Halloween gives you humans a chance to do what you should be doing every month — pretend you’re something else. Like , oh, perhaps — a cat?
Today I’m moving on to the sequel of The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, Escapee is book 2 of the Repelling the Invasion series. Like Guardian Angel, it’s a second edition, changed a bit from the book Ed recently got back the rights to. After researching trademarks with paranoid care, he added a subtitle: The African Queen in Outer Space, because this book is patterned after the classic movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.
But it is not merely a retelling. For one thing the setting, Africa had a major effect on the movie, and so does my doomed, virtually uninhabited mining moon, Banff. Different setting, different problems. For another, my creative juices quickly took over and made this mine. After all, Maleficent isn’t a merely retelling of Sleeping Beauty, is it?
Licking her lips while taking quick, nervous breaths, Catt Sayer stared at the forward windscreen. Her eyes darted from one of the airship’s instrument displays to another and then back to the windscreen. “You sure the fort won’t spot us hiding in this canyon?”
“Sure?” Lancelot’s electronic voice was deep and creamy, every woman’s wet dream, and his face and physique were sexier than his voice. “Certainty is impossible. Escapee is out of the fort’s line of sight, but neither the canyon walls nor clouds can protect us from electronic surveillance.”
“I know that, Lance.” Most of the time she preferred the uncomplicated companionship of her handsome android copilot, but other times she wished for someone a bit less literal. “It was a rhetorical question, seeking reassurance that we’re unlikely to get caught.”
Effing Feline here again. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a guy in a cat costume? However, knowing that most of my readers are female, I persevered and found a man dressed as the Lion King. My apologies for the fact that he’s wearing a shirt.
Escapee: The African Queen in Outer Space will be available for pre-sale soon. In the meantime, did you know that the first edition of Escapee was InD’Tale magazine’s first runner up for best science fiction book of 2016?